The Borough of Moscow is proud to be able to provide to you this site as a resource of our community information and as a community guide. It is our intention that this will assist in answering questions you may have concerning the Borough Council and the role of the different Borough Departments.

Regardless of whether you are a permanent resident of Moscow, or are simply visiting, we hope you will take the time to appreciate the Borough and the people in it and by all means, feel free to contact the Borough office or stop by if you have any questions.


Mayor and Council - Borough of Moscow


Moscow Borough Council and the Department of Public Works would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding as we navigate the difficulties caused by COVID-19. 

As most of you are already aware, effective July 13, 2020 Moscow Borough resumed the curbside pickup of paper and cardboard, which must be placed in separate recycle bins. 

At this time the Borough has decided to resume the pickup of comingled materials.  The first day of curbside pickup of comingled recyclables will be Monday, September 14, 2020, and we will continue to follow the original schedule for curbside pickup.


The Lackawanna Recycling Center, which is a private entity that takes recyclables from the Borough,  has recently announced that they will now be charging municipalities a fee of $40.00 per ton to accept recycled comingled material.  Acceptable comingled material consists of glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, plastic bottles, jars and jugs.  ALL lids from glass bottles and jars must be disposed of in your garbage; lids from aluminum and tins cans must be attached or disposed of; and plastic lids may remain on plastic bottles, jars, and jugs.  Loose lids cannot be put with your recycling.  Also included with this letter are pictures of acceptable comingled materials. If there are items in your recycle bin that will not be accepted by the Lackawanna Recycling Center, the Department of Public Works employees have been instructed to leave your recycling and not pick out non-recyclable items.  The Lackawanna Recycling Center may reject the items and the Borough would be required to send the material to the landfill which is a higher cost per ton for disposal.   

Recycling programs are also available through the private waste haulers that service the Borough.  Please contact them directly for their program requirements and costs. 

The yard waste drop-off area will continue to remain open.  The Lackawanna Recycling Center now requires that all branches and logs be shorter than twenty-four (24) inches.  

Please note that drop-off of recycled material behind the Borough Building is not allowed at this time.  We will continue to evaluate our recycling program and notify residents of any changes. 



The Borough does its best to notify residents of any changes or events that may occur through Facebook, Website, Nextdoor Moscow, Phone Message, Newspaper, Outdoor Memo Board, Newsletter and Email.  If you have not already provided the Borough Office with your email address to receive such notifications and wish to do so, contact the Office with your address.

Important Message: COVID19 Updates:  Due to the Coronavirus, the Moscow Borough Building is closed to the General Public until further notice. 

If you need to drop something off for the Police Department or Borough Office, you may leave it in the box next to the main entrance door during regular business hours, which are now 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until further notice.  

If you need to pick something up, please contact the borough office to make arrangements, at 570-842-1699.

In addition, while Borough parks will remain open, all park equipment is off-limits to the General Public until further notice.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we are making safety of our residents and employees a priority

We urge all residents to heed the STAY AT HOME directive and stay safe.

Real Estate Tax Collection:  All in person payments for the 2020 Real Estate taxes have been suspended.  All payments must be mailed to Constance Sanko, Moscow Borough Real Estate Tax Collector, 127 Orchard Street, Moscow, PA  18444.

Moscow Borough is waiving the ten percent (10%) late penalty fee for this calendar year for taxes imposed on the assessed value of real property located in Moscow Borough if the taxes are paid in full by December 31, 2020.


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History of Moscow

Moscow Borough was established in 1908 by citizens interested in creating improved services to their thriving community. W. B. Miller became the town's first Burgess.

The area we call Moscow was given that name at some point in the 1850s. Exactly how the name came to the area is not clear. Originally called Drinker's Beech and named for Henry Drinker, a Quaker from Philadelphia, who gained possession of nearly three square miles of land and began harvesting the local beech trees. A roadway carved through the wilderness cut through what we know today as Main Street or Route 435 was named Drinker Turnpike.

Some people believe that the Reverend Peter Rupert, a Lutheran minister, renamed the area after his former home in Moscow, Russia. There is no firm evidence that he, nor settlers from Russia, named the area. The Reverend Rupert did build a log cabin tavern to service stage coach travelers making the arduous journey between Philadelphia and the interior of New York State.

It is possible that the area could have easily been renamed Moscow at the whim of the first postmaster Leander Griffen who opened the settlement's first general store in 1854.

The construction of a rail line from Scranton to the transportation hub of Hoboken, New Jersey increased the importance of the area not only for commerce but also as a destination for vacationers, who used the rail lines to visit the numerous local hotels built in this beautiful country setting. By the early 1900's there was even a daily commuter train called "the accommodation train" bringing workers from Moscow to Scranton. Today, the Victorian-era Moscow railroad station is a reminder of the profound influence rail transportation has had on this area.

This area continues to grow in a family-friendly environment with its shops, restaurants, recreation and, of course, the train station and Steamtown excursions.